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May 20 11:48
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Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ This one slipped through the cracks.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves asked people to submit names of high school seniors so he could read them aloud on a webcast _ a recognition for teenagers who are missing traditional graduation ceremonies because of the coronavirus pandemic.

On a Facebook live session Saturday, Reeves started reading the names of graduates from Florence High School, his alma mater, when he came to one his staff now assumes someone submitted as a prank _ ``Harry Azcrac.'' The 45-year-old Republican governor read it, paused briefly and kept going.

A video clip became the butt of jokes on Twitter, and the governor handled it with good humor.

``Harry's submitter has a bright future as a Simpson's writer!'' Reeves tweeted, also noting that he would be back online reading more graduates' names: ``Maybe even Ben _ the pride of the Dover family.``

Reeves spokeswoman Renae Eze said Wednesday that the governor's staff spent hours grouping almost 10,000 individually submitted names by school. As for Harry Azcrac, she said: ``We can probably say it's not a real person.''

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